Conspicuous trailers of the Week: Alien comedy PAUL & The King’s Speech

Since I didn’t post any new trailer all last week, I thought I’d make up for it this week. Both have British actors in the lead roles, but they can’t be more dissimilar from each other.

PAUL

I’ve been anticipating this flick for a while now, as I’m a big fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They’re back together again since the comedy hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Last April I dedicated an entire upcoming-flix-spotlight post with some stills and behind-the-scene video.

The concept just sounds like a hoot and tailor made for real-life BFFs: Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. (to attend the San Diego Comic Con, no less) encounter an alien named Paul outside Area 51 and ended up helping him run from the US government. Now tell me that doesn’t have the perfect recipe for comedy! And with a cast that includes Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, Seth Rogen (as the voice of the alien), AND Sigourney Weaver, what’s not to love? The last time Weaver was in a sci-fi comedy was the wonderfully zany Galaxy Quest.


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Now the teaser trailer definitely got me even more excited! I was laughing right from the moment that Dr Evil & Mini Me dance song came on… I don’t know but I’ve always found that song hilarious ever since Austin Powers!  This promises to be a stellar entertainment for geeks and non-geeks alike. Too bad we have to wait until March 18 of next year!

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THE KING’S SPEECH

I first heard of this movie when Hollywood Spy posted a photo of Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in a period costume. I’ve always liked period drama based on the English royal, something about them just fascinated me. This time it’s based on the true story of King George VI (the father of the current queen Elizabeth II), who unexpectedly and reluctantly assumed the throne when his brother Edward abdicated the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, George “Bertie” sought the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie was able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

The cast also includes major British and Aussie thespians: Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall and Derek Jacobi. Oh, Jennifer Ehle also has a small part as Logue’s wife Myrtle. All you Jane Austen or Colin Firth groupies would recognize her as the Elizabeth Bennet to Firth’s Mr. Darcy in the famous BBC miniseries Pride & Prejudice.



The King’s Speech‘s got all kinds of buzz around film festivals this year, including winning the Top Audience Award at TIFF. Firth is now considered a shoo-in for Best Actor and the film itself a major contender in next year’s Oscar race. Oscars love awarding actors who portray real-life heroes and especially those with disability (Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, Jamie Foxx in Ray, Geoffrey Rush in Shine, etc), and the fact that a lot of people think Firth was robbed of his Gold Statuette last year, perhaps 2011 is his year. I really like this trailer, it’s a tearjerker but looks funny as well. That scene where he stuffed his mouth with marbles and told to enunciate reminds me of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. I might try to catch this in the theater around Thanksgiving. It’s released in the US on November 26th.

Well, anybody else anticipating either or both of these films?

Upcoming Project Spotlight: ‘Paul’

The Cast of Paul – clockwise from top left: Pegg/Frost, Weaver, Bateman, Rogen, Hader, Wiig & Lynch

Originally this was one of my most anticipated flicks of 2010, but it turns out this road trip comedy is delayed to 2011. Via Twitter, the prolific Twitterer Simon Pegg wrote this last February: Due to an extensive post production schedule you won’t be seeing our little desert caper any time soon. Rest assured it will be worth it.

Well, it does sound like it’ll be worth the wait. I’m a big fan of Simon Pegg/Nick Frost duo, and the storyline sounds like a hoot: Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. (to attend the San Diego Comic Con, no less) encounter an alien outside Area 51. As if the Pegg/Frost combo isn’t enough, looks like some of the top Hollywood comedians have joined the cast: Seth Rogen (as the voice of the alien), Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch. Oh, there’s also Sigourney Weaver! She might be known for kick-ass or dramatic roles, but she’s proven her comedic chops in the underrated sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, as well as the TV pilot satire The TV Set. What a cast! I’m really excited to see Weaver and Bateman here, and Wiig and Hader are definitely the funniest SNL regulars of the current season.

First Look from the movie, photos courtesy of Collider.com

This project will mark the first time the two real-life buddies are working on the screenplay together, though Pegg is no stranger to screenwriting. Per IMDb, he also penned the script for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Run, Fatboy, Run (I’d recommend all three of these fun comedies if you haven’t seen them).

Instead of Edgar Wright, who’s a frequent collaborator with Pegg/Frost, we’ve got Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) at the helm. He’s also directed a few episodes of Arrested Development, which is probably how Jason Bateman comes in.

Check out this clip of Pegg and Frost introducing the story, cast and crew:

Nice tees, guys! It’s always fun to see them together again, I’m definitely looking forward to this next year. What about you, folks?